Winter 2007: A2 League Champs: Big Nice

    The Big Nice captures the A2 title in wild back and forth battle with Think Nasty.
    Think Nasty 66 The Big Nice 71

    g into this one Think Nasty had a game plan, be patient and not get into a track meet with the incredibly potent Big Nice scoring machine, this made sense.  This worked and Big Nice seemed to have trouble adjusting early on to the slower pace.  The other Think Nasty plan was to have Trevor McAndrew (and his team leading 21 ppg) come in of the bench.  This did not make as much sense.  Big Nice didnít seem to mind this at all as they were able to concentrate more defensively on Tim Diehl (15 pts) and collapse inside early on and stifle the Think Nasty offense.  In the 1st 5 minutes the only Nasty player who seemed to be able to do anything with the ball was Zarmon who had 12 points at the break.  The game was back and forth with Big Nice getting a small lead, then Think Natsy closing the gap (but never taking the lead) but with 2+ minutes remaining in the 1st and leading 31-28 Big Nice struck.

     

    ìLocal Heroî Ed Finn (16 first half points) got fouled shooting a 3 (of course he hit all the freebies), hit a 3 and then made a driving lay-up and in the blink of eye the lead reached double digits.  Then a few more buckets from John M(VP)azzone (15 pts 1st half pts) and Big Nice had a 43-31 lead as we broke for halftime.  The big difference I noticed on the stats sheet at the break was 3 point shooting.  Big Nice was 4 of 10 from long range (Ed being 3 of 3) while Think Nasty was only 1 of 10.

     

    But the start of the second half was a different story as Think Nasty came out hot.  First possession Deihl hits a 3, then a quick steal and a pass to Trevor who nails another 3.  Tim and Trevor combined to score all 13 points in a pivotal 13-4 run to start the 2nd half which bought Think Nasty back into contention when it looked as though Big Nice was going to run away with it.  The decidedly pro-Natsy crowd was going wild and even the Commish was getting into it banging ìThe Cupî against the wall.  Also moments later he wondered if anyone would be foolish enough to drink from it later. I assured him that without question there were many candidates that would eagerly be that foolish.  Think Nasty eventually broke though and gained the lead for the 1st time 52-51 with just over 10 minutes to play.  Over the next few minutes the team traded baskets and the lead.

     

    With 3 minutes remaining Zarmon hit 2 FTs giving TN their biggest lead of the game 64-61.  CWill (former A1 championship MVP and no stranger to big moments) followed with a incredible (and effortless) left handed shot from the low block cutting to lead to one.  The following conversation occurred:

    Commish: ìHe did that with his LEFT hand.î

    Me: ìHe can do that.  He is really good.î

    After a TN miss, Big Nice went inside again, this time to Mazzone.  John was patient and mad ea impressive spin to the middle and pump fake.  This drew multiple defenders off their feet and he then softly dropped the ball in giving Big Nice the lead back again.

    Commish: ìThat move was incredible.î

    Me: ìHe can do that.  He is really good.î

    (sorry I am not that original in my thoughts but CWill and Mazzone are both really good).

    After another miss TN was forced to foul.  OíCal (12 pts, 6 asts, 3 stls) coolly stepped to the line and 2 times hit both end of a 1 and 1 situation.  Think Natsy did hit a bucket with 5 seconds to play cutting the lead to 3 but the Finals MVP, The Local Hero, Ed Finn (27 pts) not surprisingly hit both freebies to ice the game and deliver the hard earned (and well deserved) A2 champion to The Big Nice gang.

     

    (and oh yeah, it was Ed who was drinking beers from ìThe Cupî later on that evening at the 99, the man is earless when it come to going to the hoop and when drinking from cups of unknown levels of cleanliness, he does it all)

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    Think Nasty 66  The Big Nice 71

    The Big Nice captures the A2 title in wild back and forth battle with Think Nasty.

    g into this one Think Nasty had a game plan, be patient and not get into a track meet with the incredibly potent Big Nice scoring machine, this made sense.  This worked and Big Nice seemed to have trouble adjusting early on to the slower pace.  The other Think Nasty plan was to have Trevor McAndrew (and his team leading 21 ppg) come in of the bench.  This did not make as much sense.  Big Nice didnít seem to mind this at all as they were able to concentrate more defensively on Tim Diehl (15 pts) and collapse inside early on and stifle the Think Nasty offense.  In the 1st 5 minutes the only Nasty player who seemed to be able to do anything with the ball was Zarmon who had 12 points at the break.  The game was back and forth with Big Nice getting a small lead, then Think Natsy closing the gap (but never taking the lead) but with 2+ minutes remaining in the 1st and leading 31-28 Big Nice struck.

     

    ìLocal Heroî Ed Finn (16 first half points) got fouled shooting a 3 (of course he hit all the freebies), hit a 3 and then made a driving lay-up and in the blink of eye the lead reached double digits.  Then a few more buckets from John M(VP)azzone (15 pts 1st half pts) and Big Nice had a 43-31 lead as we broke for halftime.  The big difference I noticed on the stats sheet at the break was 3 point shooting.  Big Nice was 4 of 10 from long range (Ed being 3 of 3) while Think Nasty was only 1 of 10.

     

    But the start of the second half was a different story as Think Nasty came out hot.  First possession Deihl hits a 3, then a quick steal and a pass to Trevor who nails another 3.  Tim and Trevor combined to score all 13 points in a pivotal 13-4 run to start the 2nd half which bought Think Nasty back into contention when it looked as though Big Nice was going to run away with it.  The decidedly pro-Natsy crowd was going wild and even the Commish was getting into it banging ìThe Cupî against the wall.  Also moments later he wondered if anyone would be foolish enough to drink from it later. I assured him that without question there were many candidates that would eagerly be that foolish.  Think Nasty eventually broke though and gained the lead for the 1st time 52-51 with just over 10 minutes to play.  Over the next few minutes the team traded baskets and the lead.

     

    With 3 minutes remaining Zarmon hit 2 FTs giving TN their biggest lead of the game 64-61.  CWill (former A1 championship MVP and no stranger to big moments) followed with a incredible (and effortless) left handed shot from the low block cutting to lead to one.  The following conversation occurred:

    Commish: ìHe did that with his LEFT hand.î

    Me: ìHe can do that.  He is really good.î

    After a TN miss, Big Nice went inside again, this time to Mazzone.  John was patient and mad ea impressive spin to the middle and pump fake.  This drew multiple defenders off their feet and he then softly dropped the ball in giving Big Nice the lead back again.

    Commish: ìThat move was incredible.î

    Me: ìHe can do that.  He is really good.î

    (sorry I am not that original in my thoughts but CWill and Mazzone are both really good).

    After another miss TN was forced to foul.  OíCal (12 pts, 6 asts, 3 stls) coolly stepped to the line and 2 times hit both end of a 1 and 1 situation.  Think Natsy did hit a bucket with 5 seconds to play cutting the lead to 3 but the Finals MVP, The Local Hero, Ed Finn (27 pts) not surprisingly hit both freebies to ice the game and deliver the hard earned (and well deserved) A2 champion to The Big Nice gang.

     

    (and oh yeah, it was Ed who was drinking beers from ìThe Cupî later on that evening at the 99, the man is earless when it come to going to the hoop and when drinking from cups of unknown levels of cleanliness, he does it all)

    Think Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Eric Hinton73010002150% 00NA
    Jason Tibbetts1143021011100% 00NA
    Raj Singh033000000NA 00NA
    Tim Deihl154133103267% 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew178231005240% 00NA
    Zarmon McCray160111005480% 00NA

    The Big Nice
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Vozzella6211000200% 00NA
    Chris Williams54220002150% 00NA
    Ed Finn273022008788% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach233110000NA 00NA
    Jon Mazzone1973210022100% 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan121043006583% 00NA

Standings A2 Winter 2007 Thru Week 14
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1The Big Nice7-30.700W1079.5067.79
2Little Nasty6-30.667W5171.2070.60
3Think Nasty6-30.667W2171.0072.40
4FDH 1V3-60.333L4470.7073.92
5Raindrops1-100.091L7656.0066.36
Points Per Game
1Craig Griffin
FDH 1V
29.70
2Jared Perrine
Little Nasty
26.88
3Jon Mazzone
The Big Nice
24.09
4Ed Finn
The Big Nice
23.08
5Matt Schoener
FDH 1V
21.38
6Billy Fratelli
Raindrops
20.50
7Tom Kahana
Little Nasty
20.40

Player Rater
1Craig Griffin
FDH 1V
64.3510
2Jared Perrine
Little Nasty
52.138
3Tim Deihl
Think Nasty
49.008
4Jon Mazzone
The Big Nice
47.0911
5Ed Finn
The Big Nice
43.4612
6Billy Fratelli
Raindrops
43.1010
7Tom Kahana
Little Nasty
42.7510
8Jason Tibbetts
Think Nasty
41.4510
9Kevin Walsh
Little Nasty
39.797
10Matt Schoener
FDH 1V
39.448

Rebounds Per Game
1Craig Griffin
FDH 1V
14.90
2Mark Mazza
Raindrops
12.71
3Kevin Walsh
Little Nasty
12.43
4Tim Brady
Little Nasty
8.78
5Jon Mazzone
The Big Nice
8.00
5Billy Fratelli
Raindrops
8.00
7Jared Perrine
Little Nasty
7.75

3s Per Game
1Raj Singh
Think Nasty
0.00nan%
1Ed Finn
The Big Nice
0.00nan%
1Kevin Walsh
Little Nasty
0.00nan%
1Craig Griffin
FDH 1V
0.00nan%
1Tim Brady
Little Nasty
0.00nan%
1David Reisberg
Raindrops
0.00nan%
1Chris Williams
The Big Nice
0.00nan%
1Tim Deihl
Think Nasty
0.00nan%
1Brian Vozzella
The Big Nice
0.00nan%
1Chris Mercer
Raindrops
0.00nan%
1Bob Williams
FDH 1V
0.00nan%
1Jon Mazzone
The Big Nice
0.00nan%
1Tom Kahana
Little Nasty
0.00nan%
1Bryan Calder
FDH 1V
0.00nan%
1Jason Tibbetts
Think Nasty
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Sean O'Callaghan
The Big Nice
4.45
2Tim Deihl
Think Nasty
3.63
3Tom Kahana
Little Nasty
3.60
4Eric Hinton
Think Nasty
3.44
5Kevin Walsh
Little Nasty
3.29
6Jared Perrine
Little Nasty
3.25
7Chris Mercer
Raindrops
3.13